ARTS(AB)401 Advanced Batik, Kathy Knippel, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(AB)401 Advanced Batik, Kathy Knippel, Fall 2019


There is a studio fee of 120 Euro to cover all inks, textile dyes, wax, some amounts of fabrics, photocopies, the general studio sewing items, dry cleaning of batiks, and wear on the equipment. 
Materials to Purchase
Students will purchase personal drawing supplies. The individual or special fabrics needed for the proposed final project. Individual sewing items, special beards or threads.

Portfolio (cartella) of 50 X 75 CM to place designs and prints in for class room storage.
Small sketch book for ideas and planning.

Course Description

Advanced Textile Dyeing / Batik students at this level should have developed competent designing and textile technique skills.  At this time presentation of a concept and direction toward a highly developed project to be presented at the end of the semester.  The semester project theme involves more complex ideas and textile skills.  At this level development of a theme, or concept is the objective.  Challenges of a more complex nature; more colors, more layers, larger scale, other techniques or even mixed with other media, such as, sewing, embroidery, quilting, painting, textile sculpture, fashion, fashion accessories and especially installations  are some of the possibilities to be considered. 
It is necessary to interview the prospective student to know exactly their experience in the previous courses.  It is necessary to see examples of the work done in the previous courses. This can be done by seeing their previous works on their laptop computers or photos on their cell phone. This review of their work will help in deciding which direction to go with the continuing work in textile arts.

Also, because every studio has slightly different equipment and even differences in the inks dyes, the student will need to do a small introductory project to get used to the supplies and equipment in this studio.  During this time the student needs to write a proposal of the theme or concept for the semester projects and present this proposal to the instructor for planning of the program.  

The end of the semester exhibit of student work is a vital part of the presentation of the advanced student's concept theme project and must be accompanied with a written concept statement to be displayed alongside the group of works.

The student should be able to complete approximately four projects during the semester, on their theme. The calendar will mainly follow the rest of the class, but with more developed projects and concepts.


20% of your grade will be based on cumulative work with final presentation.  Work will be evaluated on general progress, enthusiasm, involvement, and responsibility in cleanup of studio space and tools.

60% of the grade will be based on the projects artistic qualities.

20% of the grade will be based on attendance.
Attendance follows SACI regulations.

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.


WEEK 1, SEPT. 10 - 11
Introduction to class / go over course description /  tour of studio and equipment /  go over examples with explanations / start working on drawing for first project / silk painting technique, with wax resist.                  

WEEK 2, SEPT. 17 - 19
Continue designing for first project, silk painting. drawing design on paper / transfer of design to silk scarf.
Demonstration of how to set up for waxing / with practice using waxing tools on practice fabric, when comfortable with waxing tool work can start on actual project. 
WEEK 3, SEPT.  24 - 26
Continue work on first project. Second class, demonstration on painting the dyes on the wax outlined silk. Practice or testing on practice fabric first/ then on project. Drying and layering of colors.

WEEK 4, OCT 1 - 3
Continue with first project, finishing with iron out of wax demonstration. Pieces then are dry cleaned.

WEEK 5, OCT.  8 - 10
Class critique on first silk painting project. Possible quilting or embroidery embellishments on first project Introduction and explanation to second dip dyeing project in 3 to 4 related colors to be on long silk scarf. Explanations about color layering. designing and thinking in negative.    
WEEK 6, OCT.  15 - 17
Designing and planning of the dyeing project transferring from the paper to the silk and stretching on frame.
This project will use the waxing tool for details and brushes with heating pot for larger areas.

WEEK 7, OCT.  22 - 24
Working on second project. Teacher assistance with dyeing of the scarf in the dye baths.  Dye baths are prepared by the teacher, but explanations about different types of dyes and how they work will be given.  

WEEK 8, OCT.  26 - NOV. 3

WEEK 9, NOV 5 - 7 
Work on and finishing of second project, class critique.  Introduction to third batik project with contrasting colors, and explanations of the necessary steps to achieve the complex color scheme. Project can be done on large silk scarf or simple clothing item that student will sew if they have the necessary sewing skill.

WEEK 10, NOV.  12 - 14
Work on the third batik project.  There is always a lot of drying time, so some small projects in the Shibori dyeing techniques will be introduced, one per week / pole wrapping / stitched shibori / folding, clamping, pleating. 

WEEK 11, NOV. 19 - 21
Working on the third batik project and the shibori techniques. A lecture about natural plant dyes, and some small experiments with plant dyes and teas using shibori techniques.

WEEK 12, NOV. 26 - 28
Working on third project and the smaller exercises, also natural plant dyes.

WEEK  13, DEC. 3 - 5
Working on third project and the smaller exercises, also natural plant dyes.

WEEK  14, DEC. 10 - 12
Working on projects. FINISHING all projects. 

WEEK 15, DEC. 17- 19
Student art exhibit in the studio—date to be decided.  Final class group critiques.

Field Trips

(Dates to be determined)

  • Visit to Palazzo Vecchio to see the Tapestry exhibits.  During class time.
  • Visit to the Villa Bardini with the wonderful gardens. During class time.
  • Visit to the Ferragamo Museum.  During class time.
  • Visit to the Prato Textile Museum (will have to be on a Saturday).

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